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6 family events to check out this bank holiday weekend - from dog shows to summer carnivals

Here’s what’s on around Ireland for the first long weekend of the summer.

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Dogs’ Day Out: Wonderpaws Puppy School is hosting a Dogs Day Out this Sunday, where your four-legged pal will have a chance to compete in Best In Show competitions and check out the doggie agility course. All proceeds go to Dogs For The Disabled and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Suits: All ages. Tickets: Free. Time: Sun May 6, 10am – 4pm. Find out more here


Woolapalooza: Airfield Estate’s suburban farming festival returns this weekend. On Sunday and Monday, farming experts will be on hand to educate city slickers in the art of rural living. There’ll be sheepdog trials, craft sessions and barbeques as well as a giant knitting bee and live music.

Suits: All ages. Tickets: €10 per adult, €5 per child, under-3s go free. Time: Sun May 6 and Mon May 7. Find out more here


Family Day @ Crawford Gallery: Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday is free for families at Cork’s Crawford Gallery. They run a tour at 3pm followed by family-friendly workshops from 3.30- 4pm. Oh, and we strongly suggest availing of the spectacular brunch in the gallery café beforehand.

Suits: 4+. Tickets: Free. Time: Every Sunday and Bank Holiday. Find out more here.


JestFest: The country’s best comedians are rolling into Wexford for a weekend of laughter, and they’re bringing a cracking kids’ programme with them. There’s a vintage funfair at the quayfront all weekend, and the Street Theatre Arena will be hosting family-friendly performances from Bui Bolg, Tumble Circus and Teeny Tiny Theatre.

Suits: All ages. Tickets: Some free. Time: Thurs May 3 – Sun May 6. Find out more here


RiverFest: Summer begins this weekend in Limerick, when the city will transform into a weekend-long kid-friendly carnival to celebrate the return of Riverfest. The Riverfest Village is the hub for the weekend, with barbeques and a funfair, all culminating in a spectacular fireworks display on Sunday night.

Suits: All ages. Tickets: Mainly free. Time: Fri May 4 – Mon May 7. Find out more here.

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Shine A Light: This weekend, 12 lighthouses all over the country are coming together to host the Shine A Light On Summer festival, where they’ll be showcasing the important work of our lighthouses. The best bit? They’ll be opening up their doors for special tours of the lighthouses, and throwing family-orientated activities all weekend long.

Suits: All ages. Tickets: Free. Time: Sat May 5 – Mon May 7. Find out more here.

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